Food-borne Illness Prevention – HLTH 642

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 09/05/2023

Course Description

This course examines current research and governmental initiatives regarding food safety as well as "best practices" for food handling in foodservice systems.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


Overall knowledge of food safety is required in food service jobs including food service employment in the medical field. Furthermore, outbreaks of foodborne illness continue to lead to thousands of cases of hospitalizations in the U.S. each year. Knowledge of the etiology of foodborne illness and ability to address outbreaks is critical to public health safety.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (4)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will complete four Discussions. Each discussion will consist of a thread of 400-500 words and at least two replies of 200-250 words each reply. The instructor is looking for substantial, thoughtful, and critical discussions.

Short Paper Assignments (2)

The student will complete two Short Paper Assignments, each at least 600 words. The instructor is looking for substantial, thoughtful, and critical analysis of an assigned topic.  The student will have the option to complete an alternative assignment, Servsafe Food Handler's Certification, instead of completing Short Paper: Sanitation Safety & Training Program. The student will be responsible for purchasing the Online Course and Assessment.

Case Study Assignments (2)

The student will assume the role of a sanitation inspector to investigate and evaluate two case studies related to foodborne illness and/or its prevention from a list of cases provided. The student will write a minimum of eight pages, not including a title page and reference page, discussing each case. The papers should analyze and explain the scientific aspects of each case and the public health policies and regulations regarding management of the situation created by the case.

Quizzes (7)

There will be seven quizzes during the course. These quizzes will cover the Learn material for the assigned module: week. These quizzes will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice questions, and will have an 1-hour time limit.